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SPHS hosts county’s Special Olympics games

SOUTH POINT — Athletes from eight schools competed in the Lawrence County Special Olympics on Thursday.

The games took place for the third year in a row at South Point High School, where student volunteers assisted in the festivities.

Principal Ben Coleman said the school has been eager to host the event each year.

The school’s large track, complete with new turf, is an ideal site, given its central location in the county.

“We have eight schools and Easter Seals, an adult group, here today,” Coleman said. “We have students, teachers and people from the community as volunteers. They’re coordinating the games, directing parking and helping with the food.”

Coleman said 500 athletes took part in the games, with 250 people assisting.

Six stations were set up outside, for competitions in track and field, long jump and softball throwing.

In addition to events on the field, games were held indoors to better accommodate those in wheelchairs.

Thea Brown, the president of Lawrence County Special Olympics, said the event serves a great purpose.

“This offers a chance for all kids, with and without disabilities, to come together to celebrate individuality,” she said. “It draws everyone together and creates a sense of awareness and acceptance.”